Wednesday, February 20, 2008

The "Hello Kitty" Kalashnikov AK-47 AKM Assault Rifle (Hannah Montana Carry Case Not Included)

Isn't this cute. Wisconsin gun supplier is painting guns like toys. How could this not be a good idea?

"If somebody points it at an officer, he could hesitate," Bryan Soller of the Arizona Fraternal Order of Police told CNN, "in which case he could get shot or, even worse, the officer could react and take the life of a child."

Sgt. Manny Mendoza of the San Bernadino County Sheriff's Department in Barstow, CA warned that "now we’re at the point where anything that looks like a gun, no matter what color, is considered a firearm, and we will act accordingly to defend ourselves and the public."

Jim's Gun Supply of Baraboo, Wisconsin, which boasts on its website that "we adhere to the highest legal and ethical principles in the conduct of all aspects of our business," primarily offers the customized guns in camouflage patterns. However, it also provides a selection of items in shocking pink, including one with a Hello Kitty logo on the stock, as well as other garish and historical replica designs.
I'm fairly neutral on gun control. I am a gun owner, and support other gun owners. Conversely, I do not believe for a second that more people with guns would have stopped a single school shooting or lunatic in a clock-tower. I can see the need for reasonable regulation. And this story, to me, wreaks of complete irresponsibility.


  1. Not enough people saw it, but "Lord of War" with Nicholas Cage was a great movie. This story reminds me of the scene where he ironically extols the virtues of the AK-47, while the screen shows it resting on a bed of red satin and the soundtrack plays Swan Lake.

  2. But civilians with guns did help end the clock-tower shootout at the U of Texas.

  3. Actually it was a combination of law-enforcement and civilians, and the law-enforcement officials involved have gone on record that they spent much of their time that day addressing and calming the armed civilians instead of acting as they were trained toward Whitman in the tower.

    To be fair though, it was a civilian who actually fired the shot that took Whitman down.